Now That I Am Here I Am Ready To Leave


Performance, duration variable.

Image one: performer Seke Chimutengwende. Images two - five: performer Tim Etchells.

Now That I Am Here I Am Ready To Leave, involves a single performer, a mobile speaker system and a microphone on a stand. The performer moves their kit around or within the audience selecting a series of different locations, from which to announce fragments of speech into public space, different parts of the text going in different directions. As the piece goes on the performer plays with coming close to people, as well as with distance – making announcements from next to or immediately behind spectators as well as from more distant locations. In this process the performance explores the idea of saying something in public (an announcement or personal statement) but also the question of the right place to say something and the desire to spread information widely, in different directions.